When Scottish writer Ross Sayers wanted a stunning setting for his debut novel then where else would he have chosen...but Skye.
And now, from the end of the month islanders can pick up a copy and possibly even read about themselves!
His novel, "Mary’s the Name", tells the story of eight-year-old Mary who lives with her granpa in Stirling - Ross' home town - but they have to leave home suddenly and flee to the Isle of Skye after being caught up in a robbery at the bookies
His research for the novel included a trip to Portree. “It was important to me to give a real sense of Portree in the book,’ Ross told us. ‘And there’s no substitute for actually visiting the place you’re writing about.”
Ross even included a few of the local residents he met in his novel such as Andy Kulesza of Stardust Boat Trips, and Michelle Rhodes of Skye History and Heritage Day Tours.
He added: “Not only is the making the setting authentic, I wanted to recreate the banter from the likes of Andy to bring the characters to life”.
Managing Director of Cranachan, Anne Glennie, said, “We’re thrilled to be launching Ross’s writing career. Mary’s the Name is a heart-warming and heart-breaking, darkly comic debut from Scotland’s answer to Roddy Doyle.”
Mary’s the Name will be published on 30th January and is already available online for pre-order. To find out more follow the SkyeTimes link.
Established at the beginning of 2016, Cranachan is a fresh-face in Scottish publishing. They are committed to finding new Scottish voices and writing talent for their adult fiction list and their children’s historical fiction series, Yesteryear, published under their Pokey Hat imprint. Cranachan pride themselves on only publishing books which excite and inspire them. As they like to say at Cranachan HQ – ‘the proof of the pudding is in the reading.’